A Byzantine earthenware hand grenade featuring a hollow globular body with a pointed base. To the top, the vessel rises into a short neck and splays out slightly into a thick rim with a small mouth. This allowed the item to be filled with an explosive liquid known as ‘Greek fire’ and used as a hand grenade in battle. The mouth would have also accommodated a fuse to instigate the explosion. As typical for Byzantine grenades, this piece displays geometric patterns to its upper outer surface. A band of impressed circular shapes feature horizontally across the body. The grenade is further decorated with concentric bands below the grip.
Stand is for reference only.
Date: Circa 9th-11th century AD